Focus On The Bubble… Please

It looks like this little dog has his owner trained to focus on the bubble quite well! ūüėČ

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Lisbon, Portugal. 2014.

In response to Jennifer Nichole Wells’s One Word Photo Challenge: Bubbles, and Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pets.¬†Thank you Jennifer¬†and Cee for the challenges!



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My response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Churches Or Any Religious Building. Thank you Cee for the Challenge!

Enduring Handcraft, Forgotten Hand

light shadowed
doors within doors
echos of faces faded
obscure hand’s work¬†endures
“Their sound hath gone forth
into all the earth.”

Copyright © 2015 Terry Boswell

These are the doors of¬†Lisbon Cathedral, also known as the¬†Patriarchal Cathedral of Saint Mary Major, in Lisbon, Portugal. Metal spiral patterns¬†adorn¬†the¬†surface of the massive doors which hold two smaller doors within them. In the shadows above the¬†doors there is a cross¬†and the Latin¬†words, “In omnem terram exivit sonus” – “Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth,‚ÄĚ Psalm 18:5.

While editing these photographs, I was thrilled to find the words “Vicente Esteves, Lisboa” along with roman numerals¬†stamped into the metalwork. ¬†I tried to find information about this man who must have made the doors or fashioned the metal work, but I found nothing.

I began thinking about all of the unknown craftsmen, whose work survives centuries, sometimes millenia, their names and faces forgotten.

After editing the photos and writing most of this blog post, I continued to¬†search for¬†information about Vicente Esteves… Nothing.

Next I¬†scrutinized the¬†roman numerals. I could easily decipher the XXXIII, 33, at the end, but was having a hard time making out¬†the first few letters. At first I thought¬†they were MIDMI, but that made no sense. After a while I realized that they were the letters MCM and the entire number was MCMXXXIII which is…

… 1933! Not quite what I was expecting, but some of the mystery was solved!

I’ll still consider Mr. Esteves to be one of those craftsman whose work endures. In less than 20 years this work of his will be 100!

To see the upper portions of the cathedral click here.

This is my response to the Photography 101 prompt, “mystery.” I chose these photos because of their contrast of light and shadow, and because I find doors mysterious. They are portals for the imagination. The more exotic the door, the more mysterious.

This is also my response to the One Word Photo Challenge: Beaver. Thank you Jennifer for the challenge!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

An askew view of symmetry.

Rose window. Lisbon, Portugal, 2014.
Rose window, Lisbon Cathedral, Lisbon, Portugal, 2014.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symmetry.”

By the way… Someone at google has a sense of humor… Place the word askew, only the word askew, in the google search box, hit enter, and see what happens. ūüôā
You’ll probably need a laptop or desktop to see results.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge

I couldn’t help but think of the Alfama, the old part of the city of Lisbon, Portugal, during the¬†Feast of Saint Anthony for the Weekly Photo Challenge: ¬†Converge.

The narrow streets, decorated with garlands, become completely packed¬†with people partying until dawn. There is constant movement, much eating, drinking, socializing, and dancing. This was one of the quieter, less crowded streets…

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Feast of Saint Anthony. The Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal. June 2014.